May 6, 2016

Taroko Gorge

太魯閣國家公園 • 燕子口
花蓮 • 太魯閣國家公園

Taroko National Park is our last stop before we check in to our stay at Hualien. There are few sights here to check out: Jiuqudong (Tunnel of Nine Turns), Cimu Bridge, Yanzikou (Swallow Grotto) and Changchun Shrine (Eternal Spring Shrine) and more. I didn't take a lot of pictures here because I'm paying most attention to the history and info told by our hired driver such as the formation of Taroko Gorge.

Taroko Gorge road is made out of carving out rocks by hand tools. It's roughly 20km long and namely one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Not only the skill of driving is being tested, the courage to pass through every blind corners, sharp turns and narrow pathways leading through cliffs is also a challenge. The unbearable ride was well worth it. The road alongside Taroko Gorge offers an undoubtedly spectacular view of the marble-ous canyon walls.

太魯閣國家公園
太魯閣國家公園

Amidst the breathtaking natural beauty there lurks the risk of rock falls. We were told there was a collapse in the past week so they had to close down that area for reconstruction. So for safety purpose, we had to wear safety helmets to go in because the park is always in an unstable condition.

花蓮 • 舊鐵道行人徒步區

So happy and unexpected that I got to take a picture with iconic character—Duncan here at Hualien! I happened to like Hualien a lot, it's a quaint little city packed with lots of local delights. We only stayed there one night as a stopover from Mt. Heshuan to Yilan/Taipei. I'm amazed by how clean & organised their night market is. There are tables for eat-in if you prefer to sit down and enjoy your food. The taiwanese people are very courteous that they'll clean the table for next group as they leave.

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